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Clarington says affordable spring programs are back

The Municipality of Clarington has announced the start of the spring recreation programs and activities. Registration begins on March 10.

The municipality is hoping that residents participate in an ‘active March’ with “our safe, affordable and reliable programs”.

It has reintroduced drop-in adult leisure skating programs with flex registration under which participants can sign up weekly. Adult leisure skates will be available every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at South Courtice Arena for those 18 years and older. Participants must pre-register in advance to book a skate time. Registration opens each Thursday at 9 am for the following Friday through Thursday. Change rooms remain closed, but chairs will be provided for tying skates.

Clarington is now offering some popular programs, including Parent & Child Preschool Programs such as ABCs 123s, It’s a Spring Thing, Lil’ Artists, Dino Discoverers, and Path 2 Math. These programs require parent participation and are geared for children aged two to four years old.

“It’s a great way to get out of the house and socialize in a ovid-19-safe environment,” said the statement.

Clarington is also offering child and youth programs, including Virtual Home Alone, Virtual Babysitting, Active Play, Fit Kids, Virtual Parent & Child Tasty Critter Creations, STEAM Club, and Soccer Kicks.

Its Active Adult 55+ programs are also back with a mix of in-person and virtual programs focused on fitness, general interest, recreation and social activities.

New offerings

This spring, it is offering virtual geocaching. The first class is virtual. After that, participants head outdoors using an App to find hidden containers known as “caches” in various locations across Clarington. Also new is a virtual tour of Algoma Orchard. Join co-owner Kirk Kemp to learn the history of the orchard and make freshly pressed cider.

Outdoor fitness classes are back with Walk Fit, Zumba Gold, Urban Pole Walking and 55+ Bootcamp.

For residents looking to connect with others and participate in safe group activities, Clarington is offering group fitness classes. Join virtual, indoor and outdoor classes, including Stroller Fit and Learn to Run.

“Our recreation team has been busy diversifying our programs and coming up with new and unique ways to bring virtual fun to residents’ homes,” said Stephen Myers, Recreation Services Manager. “We are excited to reintroduce some of our popular in-person programming and combine that with virtual options as we continue to navigate this ovid-19 pandemic.”

The municipality has partnered with the Clarington Public Library to create themed activity kits for families to complete at home each week. These fun kits are geared for children aged five to nine years old. Participants must register for a kit on our BeActive website. Clarington has also introduced Virtual Scientists in School Workshops. These fun, interactive workshops explore different scientific topics and allow children to experiment as they learn. Participants must register for each workshop and pick up the corresponding activity materials. Register for a workshop online on our BeActive website.

“As pandemic restrictions start to lift, I hope more residents return to our trusted, safe and cost-effective programs,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster.

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